It is appropriate that President Barack Obama make his case to Congress before launching any military action against Syria. The Obama administration should get Congress on its side as it deals with the tense, dangerous situation.
We have a great deal of sympathy with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other U.S. officials. Former President George W. Bush was correct when he said that putting the military in harm's way is the toughest decision that a president has to make.
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is a cruel, outlaw leader who has used chemical weapons on his own people. That violates international law and needs to be dealt with.
And those developments make it even more important that President Obama consult with Congress, and receive an approval from both houses, on whatever decision he believes is warranted.
In fact, the president should have called back Congress earlier during the August vacation recess. Getting a vote of approval from both houses of Congress is an essential, proper step.
There are several problems with initiating an armed conflict with Syria alone, as the White House seems to be favoring so far. One is that most of the world does not support the action. In fact, superpowers Russia and China are enabling the atrocities committed by al-Assad.
Also, most Americans do not support using the military in dealing with Syria.
Great leaders are not dictated by the winds of public opinion when they have to do what is right. President Obama, and his administration, must make a strong case to Congress, as well as the American public and the rest of the world. And, members of Congress need to take the president's request seriously.
This is a dangerous world; votes should not be based on politics and personal biases.